NCWLIFE Evening News September 11, 2019


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Wenatchee Police are still looking for a second suspect in the robbery of Ernie’s Grocery in Wenatchee. You can add sinkholes to the problems caused by recent heavy rains, and, The heavy rains that deluged much of North Central Washington the past few days also caused havoc with several Forest Service roads.     

But first, we begin tonight. . .

A Chelan County judge has delayed sentencing for an 80-year-old child molester, who’s already waited two months since his conviction. Michael Detering of Manson sexually abused a girl 20 years ago, starting when she was just 8 years old.

A jury convicted him in July and he was due to be sentenced Monday, but a court-ordered sex offender evaluation was not completed in time. Judge Lesley Allan said if she passed sentence without the report on hand, Detering could probably reverse it on appeal. Prosecutors want Detering to spend 15 years in prison; if Allan allows a therapeutic sentencing alternative, he could serve as little as one year plus psychiatric treatment.

One week after an arrest was made in the robbery of Ernie’s Market in Wenatchee, police are still seeking a second suspect. Two masked males robbed a store clerk at gunpoint August 30th, making off with $763 dollars in cash. Wenatchee police arrested one suspect, a 16-year-old, on September 3rd. But Police Capt. Edgar Reinfeld said Wednesday the second masked robber is still being sought. Both were caught on video during the crime. The youth suspect is due to be arraigned September 24th.

You can add sinkholes to the problems caused by recent heavy rains. Chelan County Public Works says there are two new sinkholes in the Burch Mountain Road area, north of Wenatchee.

A sinkhole on Burch Mountain Road just north of Red Fern Road has a traffic revision in place advising motorists to stay to the right when driving through. Another sinkhole near East Peters Street is taking up the northbound land, reducing traffic to one lane. Motorists are advised to drive through those areas with great caution.

The heavy rains that deluged much of North Central Washington the past few days also caused havoc with several Forest Service roads.

Debris flows have covered three different places on Twisp River Road about 16 miles west of Twisp near the Slate Creek Trailhead. Barricades are in place at both ends of the landslides.

Removing the debris will require heavy equipment that isn’t expected to arrive until next week. There also is a small slide on Hart’s Pass Road. Crews were able to clear much of it but with the slide still active the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest recommends not using the road.

Coming up next, Two Wenatchee Valley orchard companies are among those suing the federal government to stop a 97-cent jump in workers’ wages. If you’re looking for an affordable place to invest in a home, Ephrata should be on your radar, we will tell you why, and, The Annual Color Rush 5K fun run scheduled for this Sunday has been postponed until May. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

Two Wenatchee Valley orchard companies are among those suing the federal government to stop a 97-cent jump in workers’ wages. McDougall and Sons and Columbia Fruit Packers say the Department of Labor used a faulty calculation to set the new pay rate, which was put in place on short notice in July. Three Washington farms filed the lawsuit last week in Eastern District Federal Court, asking a judge to freeze wages in place until their case is heard. They say the increase will, quote, “create an unsustainable increase in labor costs for the 2019 apple harvesting season and into the future”, unquote.

If you’re looking for an affordable place to invest in a home, Ephrata should be on your radar. That’s according to the website SmartAsset, which listed Ephrata as the most-affordable place to purchase a home in Washington State.

To find the most affordable places to buy a home, SmartAsset took a holistic approach, considering closing costs, real estate taxes, homeowner’s insurance and mortgage rates in its analysis.

The average annual monthly mortgage payment in Ephrata came out to 568-dollars a month with an affordability index of 45.02. Quincy was 6th on SmartAsset’s list with an affordability index of 41.73. West Richland, Finley and Union Gap were also in the top five. For more on this survey, go to our website at NCWLIFE dot com.

The Annual Color Rush 5K fun run scheduled for this Sunday has been postponed until May.

The Youth United event ran into difficulties with its new route on the Apple Capital Loop Trail that included portions of the run not being handicapped accessible. Student United Way president Eduardo Mata said diversity and inclusion is part of the organization’s values, so excluding wheelchairs or strollers was unacceptable. The date of the May run has not yet been determined. The annual fundraising event typically raises more than $10,000 dollars for Youth United programs.

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

Welcome back to the NCWLIFE Evening News. . .

In tonight’s feature story,Cashmere’s Riverside Center hosted a huge crowd for the 6th annual Patriot Day Celebration. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair was there and has more. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

Kyle Lewis made his Major League debut a memorable one for the Mariners and Kyle Seager hit the game-winning home run as Seattle beat Cincinnati 4-3 last night at T-Mobile Park…

Lewis’ first Major League hit came in the 5th inning and was a home run.  The rookie who was drafted first by the Mariners in 2016 had his parents in attendance for his special moment last night.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the 8th with two outs, Seattle’s Austin Nola worked a walk and was followed by Seager with a 2-run blast to right field.  It was Seager’s 16th home run since returning to the lineup July 22nd and helped snap the Mariner’s 6-game losing streak.

Rookie Justus Sheffield worked 6-solid innings with a no-decision. 

Seattle and Cincinnati battle again tonight at 7:10 with Marco Gonzales facing Sonny Gray.

Also on the Les Schwab American League West Scoreboard…

Tampa Bay tied it in the 8th on a 2-run home run by Austin Meadows and then won it with two runs in the top of the 11th, beating Texas 5-3.  The Rays continue to lead by a game-and-a-half for the first Wild Card spot in the American League.

They say turnabout is fair play.  Oakland experienced that last night in Houston as the A’s rebounded from the previous night’s 15-nothing loss to beat the Astros 21-7.  Something’s in the air at Minute Maid Park…a lot of home runs to start with…20 in the last three games.  And, a lot of runs…a total of 65 runs have been scored in Houston in the last three games.

And in Anaheim, Zach Plesac threw a complete-game, 4-hit shutout as the Indians beat the Angels 8-nothing.  Cleveland still trails Oakland by a half-game for the final Wild Card playoff spot in the American League.

Wenatchee sports legend Rocky Skalisky passed away last week after suffering a massive heart attack in his home.  Rocky lead the Panther football team to a state championship at quarterback in 1970 and was a first team high school All American.

After turning down a football scholarship at Notre Dame, Rocky signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.  He played six seasons in their minor league system between Single-A and Double-A, with a lifetime .261 batting average, 42-home runs and 290-RBI’s.  He was named the Sporting News Minor League All-Star three times.

In honor of Rocky, the Wenatchee Football team will have a special ceremony in Friday’s game against Lewiston…

Coach Scott Devereaux says it’s the least his team can do to honor a Wenatchee legend.

As far as the game itself Friday, Wenatchee hosts Lewiston and junior quarterback Cameron Sirmon says their defense will give them something they’ve never seen…

Wenatchee and Lewiston kick off Friday at Lee Bofto Field at the Apple Bowl starting at 7 o’clock.

Turning to the Les Schwab Scoreboard from last night in high school girls soccer…

The Wenatchee Panthers evened their record at 1-and-1 with a 2-1 road win over Cascade.  Cashmere traveled to Ellensburg and fell in an offensive onslaught 8-to-6.  And Chelan picked up a road win at Liberty Bell, knocking off the Lions 2-to-1.

Here’s just a reminder of things to come as the week continues on the NCWLIFE Channel…     

Eastmont will host Cashmere in a non-league game at 7 o’clock.  Sebastian Moraga and Matt Wisen will have the play-by-play.

Then this weekend, we’ll have Wenatchee Wild and Merritt hockey from last year at 2 o’clock Saturday followed by a repeat of last Friday’s Mount Si at Wenatchee football game at 7 o’clock.

Then on Sunday, it’s Eastmont and Moses Lake girls soccer from last year at 2pm followed by playoff hockey between Wenatchee and Vernon at 7.

The Seahawks began practicing in earnest today to prepare to face the Steelers in Pittsburg Sunday.  Coach Pete Carroll says they always seem to be able to provide the toughest of challenges year in and year out…

Seattle and Pittsburgh kickoff on Fox Sunday at 10am.

Thanks Eric.

If you watch the TV show Ax Men on the History Channel, you can expect to see a familiar face on this week’s episode. Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Hillary Franz will be on the show to talk about forestry issues. The show airs Thursday at 9 p.m. Here is a taste of what you will see. . .

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And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel tomorrow morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great night.